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Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

Beijing Daxing International Airport will operate at full capacity in 2040, with eight runways and the potential to receive 100 million passengers per year.

Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Beijing Daxing International Airport was designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who died in 2016.
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
A futuristic airport that resembles a giant starfish opened in Beijing.
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Located 46 kilometres south of Tiananmen Square.
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Beijing Daxing International Airport will operate at full capacity in 2040, with eight runways and the potential to receive 100 million passengers per year.
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Beijing Daxing -- with the airport code PKX.
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Both foreign and domestic carriers have plans to move their operations to the new airport.
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
At 700,000 square metres (173 acres) -- about the size of 100 football pitches -- the new structure will be one of the world's largest airport terminals.
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Inside, it stands out for its flowing, curved lines and use of natural light that filters down to the lowest levels of the building through openings on the roof.
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Underneath the terminal is a train station and metro line that will allow travellers to reach the city centre in 20 minutes.
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
The project cost 120 billion yuan ($17.5 billion), or 400 billion yuan if rail and road links are included.
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
At full capacity, Daxing would be the world's largest single terminal in terms of traveller capacity, according to its designers.
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
It is expected to surpass the US to become the world's biggest aviation market by the mid-2020s, according to the International Air Transport Association.
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Air transport is booming in China as living standards increase along with peoples' desire to travel.
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
By 2037 the country will have 1.6 billion plane journeys each year -- a billion more than in 2017, the organisation estimates.
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Beijing Daxing International Airport
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Beijing Daxing International Airport
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Beijing Daxing International Airport
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Beijing Daxing International Airport
Gallery: A look inside Beijing's glitzy airport designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Beijing Daxing International Airport